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Flying the Red Ensign is the London registered Stena Adventurer underway in Dublin Port. The ferry is one of two operating to Holyhead, Wales which is the UK's second busiest ferryport after Dover.  AFLOAT also adds Stena Nordica this week began taking over the roster of the second ferry, Stena Superfast X which is undergoing annual dry-docking in H&W, Belfast.
#ferries - Ferry giant, Stena based in Sweden and tanker firm Stolt-Nielsen which is Bermuda registered, are reviewing their UK-registered ships ahead of Britain’s departure from the EU, the two leading transport companies told Reuters separately on Wednesday (yesterday). Such…
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The RCYC U25 team sporting North Sails T-Shirts
North Sails Ireland enjoyed a great day out last Friday with the Royal Cork Yacht Club Under 25 Academy. We were looking at some new 1720 3Di Nordac upwind sails and the North 1720 T-6 Class spinnaker writes Nigel Young.…
Idea of cargo ships travelling directly to French ports to bypass the UK floated. Above the stern of DFDS Seaways (Transmanche Ferries) English Channel / Newhaven-Dieppe ferry ’Cote d’Albatre’ (see link below to Afloat's piece) docked in Dieppe, Normandy, France.
#shipping - Leaders in politics and business from Normandy visited Dublin last week to discuss contingency plans for Brexit including cargo ships travelling directly to French ports to bypass the UK “landbridge” to the EU. As The Irish Times reports,…
Dundalk Port lies close to the border with Northern Ireland
Dublin Port Company has issued a Notice to Mariners with regard to standard operating procedures or vessels entering, moving within and departing Dundalk Port. The Co Louth port lies on the other side of the Cooley Peninsula from the border…
W.B. Yeats arriving in Dublin Port following a delivery voyage last month. A week ago, today, the luxury cruiseferry entered service on the Holyhead route and is to be followed by operating Dublin-Cherbourg from mid-March.
#ferries - Irish Ferries have expressed its disappointment with the issuing of notices by the National Transport Authority (NTA) yesterday in respect of cancellations that arose following the delayed arrival of the new W.B. Yeats ship. These cancellations were due…
An Aladdin’s cave of boat gear, and a treasurehouse of useful local marine information – Pierce Purcell in Purcell Marine of Clarenbridge at the head of Galway Bay
With a working life in which sailing, business and friendship are so intertwined that it is difficult if not impossible to tell where one begins and another ends, it will be a sweetly sad bit of news for many folk…
The twin vehicle ramps at the stern of W.B. Yeats which berthed in Alexandra Basin, Dublin prior to launching sailings (last Tuesday) on the UK landbridge route between the Irish capital and Holyhead, north Wales. In mid-March, the cruiseferry is to operate Dublin-Cherbourg, connecting Ireland directly with mainland continental Europe.
#ferries - The National Transport Authority has announced its decision concerning cancellation of WB Yeats sailings by Irish Ferries last summer and which has led the NTA today to serve notices on the operator that has two months to comply regarding…
Cruiseship Berlin AFLOAT adds is seen making a call to Belfast Harbour in June last year with towage assistance from SMS Towage. In the background the famous iconic landmarks of H&W dockyard and Titanic Belfast Centre, the visitor attraction venue located on the banks of the River Lagan.
#cruiseliners - A total 285,000 visitors on board 151 cruise ships are due to call at Belfast Harbour this year, an increase of 31% on the 115 visits during the 2018 cruise season. The figures were announced by Cruise Belfast,…
The leeward mark saw gusts of thirty-five knots hitting the Lasers
Saturday, January 26th saw tough conditions on Monkstown Bay for day three of the Monkstown Laser Frostbite League sponsored by CH Marine. The third day of the Monkstown Laser league was a story worth telling. The skies appeared at daybreak…
Next weekend's Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Spring Chicken Series kick starts the 2019 sailing season on Dublin Bay
With next weekend's Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Spring Chicken Series ready to kick start the 2019 sailing season on Dublin Bay, there has been a shout out for any last minute entries. The series follows a pre-Christmas record turnout in…
Andrew Algeo's new J99 Juggerknot 2 will debut at Spi-Ouest, La Trinité Sur Mer this Easter
Royal Irish Yacht Club skipper Andrew Algeo on why he has sold his national championship-winning J109 Juggerknot and replaced it with a brand new J99, Juggerknot 2.  Juggerknot has been the means to get a bunch of old friends out on the…
€35.7m capital investment package in six Fishery Harbour Centres and other fisheries related marine infrastructure
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced details of a €35.7m Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland’s publicly owned harbour network. In announcing the initiative the Minister said “I am delighted to…
Stena chief warned about 'significant disruption' but former Brexit minister said 'teething problems' could be tackled. Above AFLOAT adds is Stena Superfast X berthed at Holyhead, north Wales along with regular bunker tanker, Keewhit.
#ferries - Stena Line's boss reports NorthWalesLive, has warned about “relatively significant disruption” at ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The head of Swedish ferry operator Stena AB - parent company of Stena Line - fears disruption in…
Smoothly away. The Defence Forces’ crew in the J/109 Joker II going well at the start of the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2018 at Wicklow. But in order to be there, they’d to use military principles to fit their preparations into a very tight time-frame. Photo: Afloat.ie/David O’Brien
It was while crossing the Atlantic on the Sail Training Brigantine Asgard II during a celestial navigation module of his Naval Service education in 1999 that Barry Byrne had something of an epiphany writes W M Nixon. He’d been introduced…
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NSI trialling of new North Sails Tour Xi cruising sails on Strangford Lough recently on Peter Niblock's Moody S31 "Zeelander"
RYA NI is hold its Cruising Conference in Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club in Cultra, Co. Down this Saturday Jan 26th starting at 9.30am. As part of it, North Sails Ireland's Prof O'Connell will be giving a talk on…
Rinn Voyager at the Dublin Tall Ships Festival on the River Liffey
Two of my favourite waterside places along the Liffey are in Dublin Port – Ringsend and Poolbeg. The maritime history of Ringsend is part of the marine story of Ireland, an area resonant of seafaring history and Poolbeg Yacht and…

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